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2. 11. How doth it appear that the Son and the Holy Ghost dre God equal with the Father?
A. The scriptures manifest that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father, ascribing unto them such names p, attributes
works r, and worships, as are proper to God only.
Q. 12. What Comforter is come, whom I will thine own? and after it was sold, send unto you from the Father,even was it not in thine own power? why the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth haft thou conceived this thing in from the Father, he shall testify of thine heart ? thou hast not lied uato Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are
men, but unto God. sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit John i. 1. In the beginning was of his Son into your hearts, crying, the Word, and the Word was with Abba, Father.
God, and the Word was God. If. 3: And one cried žın. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born, to another, and said, Holy, holy, unto us a Son is given, and the goboly is the Lord of hosts, the whole vernment shall be upon his shoulder : earth is full of his glory. v. 5. Then and his name shall be called Wona said I, Wo is me, for I am undone, derful, Counsellor, The mighty God, because I am a man of unclean lips, The everlasting Father, The Prince and I dwell in the midst of a people of peace. John ii. 24. But Jesus did of unclean lips : for mine eyes
have not commit himself unto them, beseen the King, the Lord of hosts, cause he knew all men.
V. 25. And 5.8. Also I heard the voice of the needed not that any should testify Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, of man: for he knew what was in and who will go for us? Then said 1 Cor. ii. 10. But God hath , Here am I, send 'me. Compared revealed them unto us by his Spirit: with John xii. 41. These things faid for the Spirit searcheth all things, Efaias, when he saw his glory, and yea the deep things of God. v. II. Spake of him. And with Acts xxviii. For what man knoweth the things of a 25. And when they agreed not a man, save the spirit of man that is in mong themselves, they departed, him? even so the things of God knowafter that Paul had spoken one eth no man, but the Spirit of God, word, Well spake the Holy Ghost , Col. i. 16. For by him were all þy Efaias the prophet, unto our fa- things created that are in heaven, thers. I John v. 20. And we know and that are in earth, visible and inthat the Son of God is come, and visible, whether they be thrones, hath given us an understanding that or dominions, or principalities, or we may know him that is true: and powers: all things were created by we are in him that is true, 'even in him, and for him. Gen.i. 2. And the his Son Jesus Christ. This is the earth was without form and void; true God, and eternal life.“ Aů v. and darkness was upon the face of 3. But Peter said, Ananias, why the deep: and the Spirit of God hath Satan filled thine heart to lie moved upon the face of the waters, to the Holy Ghost, and to keep , Matth. xxviii. 19. Goye thereback part of the price of the land fore and teach all nations, baptizing Whiles it remained, was it'not them in the name of the Father,
Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?
A. God's decrees are the wise, free, and holy ads of the counsel of his will t, whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably fore-ordained whatsoever , comes to pass in time v, especially concerning angels and
Q. 13. What hath God especially decreed concerning angels and men.
A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his mere love, for the praise of his glorious grace to be manifested in due time, hath elected some angels to glo. S ryw; and, in Christ, hath chosen fome men to eternal life, and the means thereof x: and also, according to his
and of the Son, and of the Holy purpose of him who worketh all Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14: The grace things after the counsel of his own of the Lord Jesus Christ, and 'the will. Rom. ix. 22. What if God, love of God, and the communion of willing to shew his wrath, and to the Holy Ghost, "be with you all. make his power known, endured Amen.
with much long-suffering the vessels 12. t Eph. i. 11. In whom also of wrath fitted to destruction ; v. 23. we have obtained an inheritance, be. And that he might makę known the ing predestinated according to the riches of his glory on the vessels of purpose of him who worketh all mercy, which he had afore prepared things after the counsel of his own unto glory? Psal. xxxiii. 11. The will. Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of counfel of the Lord standeth for e. the riches both of the wisdom and ver, the thoughts of his heart to all knowledge of God! how unfearch- generations. able are his judgments, and his 13. w i Tim. v. 21. I charge ways past finding out? Rom. ix. 14. thee before God and the Lord Je. What shall we say then? Is there sus Christ, and the elect angels, that unrighteouness with God? God for thou observe these things without bid. v. 15. For he faith 10 Mofes, I preferring one before another, doing will have mercy on whom I will have nothing by partiality. mercy, and I will have compaffion * Eph.i. 4. According as he hath on whom I will have compassion. chofen us in him, before the foun. v. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on dation of the world, that we should whom he will have mercy, and whom be holy, and without blame before he will, he hardeneth.
him in love: v. 5. Having predestiv Eph. i. 4. According as he hath nated us unto the adoption of chilchosep us in him, before the founda- dren by Jesus Christ to himself, action of the world, that we should cording to the good pleasure of his be holý, and without blame, before will. v. 6. To the praise of the him in love. v. 11. In whom also glory of his grace, wherein he hath we have obtained an inheritance, made us accepted in the beloved. being predestinated according to the 2 Theff. ii. 13. But we are bound
sovereign power, and the unsearchable counsel of his own will, (whereby he extendeth or with-holdeth favour as he pleaseth), hath passed by, and foreordained the rest to dishonour and wrath, to be for their fin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his justice y.
Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees?
A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and iminutable counsel of his own will z.
l. 15. What is the work of creation ?
A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good a.
Q. 16. How to give thanks alway to God for them unto babes. v. 26. Even so, you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, Father, for so it seemed good in thy because God hath from the begin fight. 2 Tim. ii. 20. But in a great ning chosen yon to salvation, through house there are not only vessels of sanctification of the Spirit, and be- gold, and of silver, but also of wood, lief of the truth : v. 14.
Whereunto and of earth; and some to honour, he called you by our gospel, to the and fome to dishonour. Jude 4. For obtaining of the glory
of the Lord there are certain men crept in unaJesus Christ.
wares, who were before of old ory Rom. ix. 17. For the scripture dained to this condemnation, unfaith unto Pharaoh, Even for this godly men, turning the grace fame purpose have I raised thee up, God into lasciviousness, and denying that I might fhew my power in thee, the only Lord God, and our Lord and that my name might be declar Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. ii. 8. And ed throughout all the earth. v. 18. stone of stumbling, and a rock of Therefore hath he mercy on whom offence, even to them which stumble he will have mercy, and whom he at the word, being disobedient, will, he hardeneth. v. 21. Hath not whereunto also they were appointed.
potter power over the clay, of 14. z Eph. i. 11. In whom also the same lamp to make one vessel we have obtained an inheritance, unto honour, and another unto dis-, being predestinated according to the honour ? v. 22. What if God, wil. purpose of him who worketh all ling to show his wrath, and to make things after the counsel of his own his
power known, endured with will. much long-suffering the vessels of 15 a (Gen. i. chapter.) Heb. xi. Wrath fitted to destruction Matth. 3. Through faith we understand that xi.
25. At that time Jesus answered the worlds were framed by the word and said, I thank thee, O Father, of God, so that things which are Lord of heaven and earth, because feen were not made of things which thou hast hid these things from the do appear. Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord wise and prudent, and hast revealed hath made all things for himself :
Q. 16. How did God create angels ?
A. God created all the angels b spirits c, immortal d, holy i e, excelling in knowledge f, mighty in power g, to execute his commandments, and to praise his name h, yet subject to change i.
Q. 17. How did God create man?
A. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female k, formed the body of the man of the dust of the ground l, and the woman of the rib of the man m; endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal fouls n; made them after his own
image yea, even the wicked for the day of h Psal. cui. 20. Bless the Lord, evil.
ye his angels, that excel in strength, 16. b Col. i. 16. For by him were that do, his commandments, hearkall things created that are in heaven, ening unto the voice of his word. and that are in earth, visible, and in v. 21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his visible, whether they be thrones or hosts, ye ministers of his that do his dominions, or principalities, or pow. pleasure. ers: all things were created by him, i 2 Pet. ïi. 4. For if God spared and for him.
not the angels that sinned, but caft c Pfal. civ.
Who maketh his them down to hell, and delivered angels spirits; his ministers a flam- them into chains of darkness, to be ing fire.
reserved unto judgment. d Matth. xxii. 30. For in the re 17. & Gen. i. 27. So God created surrection they neither marry, nor man in his own image, in the image are given in marriage; but are as of God created he him: male and the angels of God in heaven. female created he them.
e Matth. xxv. 31. When the Son 1 Gen. ii. 7. And the Lord God of man shall come in his glory, and formed man of the dust of the all the holy angels with him, then ground, and breathed into his nosshall he lit upon the shrone of his trils the breath of life. glory.
m Gen. ii. 22. And the rib, which f 2 Sam. xiv. 17. Then thine the Lord God had taken from man, handmaid said, The word of my made he a man, and brought her Lord the King shall now be comfort unto the man. able: for as an angel of God, so is n Gen. ii. 7. And the Lord God my Lord the King to discern good formed man of the dust of the and bad: therefore the Lord thy ground, and breathed, into his nosGod will be with thee. Matth. triis the breath of life: and man xxiv. 36. But of that day and hour became a living foul. Compared knoweth no man, no, not the angels with Job xxxv. 11. Who teachech of heaven, but my Father only. us more than the beasts of the earth,
g 2 Theff. i. 7. And to you who and maketh us wiser than the fowls are troubled, rest with us, when the .of heaven. And with Eccl. xii. 7. Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Then shall the dust return to the heaven, with his mighty angels. earth as it was : and the spirit
image o, in knowledge p, righteousness and holinefsq; having the law of God written in their hearts r, and power to fulfil its, with dominion over the creatures t; yet fubje&t to fall v.
( 18. What are God's works of providence?
wise and powerful preserving y, and governing all his creatures z;
Thall return unto God who gave it. them, and God said unto them, Be And with Matth. X. 28. And fear fruitful, and multiply, and replenish not them which can kill the body, but the earth, and subdue it: and have are not able to kill the soul : but dominion over the fish of the seaso rather fear him which is able to des, and over the fowl of the air, and ostroy both foul and body in hell. ver every living thing that moveth And with Luke xxiii. 43. And Je- upon the earth. sus said unto him, Verily I say unto v Gen. iii. 6. And when the wothee, To-day shalt thou be with me man saw that the tree was good for in paradise.
food, and that it was pleasant to the © Gen. i. 27. So God created man eyes, and a tree to be desired to in his own image, in the image of make one wise; she took of the fruit God created he him: male and fe- thereof, and did eat, and gave also male created he them.
unto her husband with her; and he p Col. iii. 10. And have put on did eat. Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only the new man, which is renewed in have I found, that God hath made knowledge, after the image of him man upright; but they have fought that created him.
out many inventions. q Eph. iv. 24. And that ye put 18. w Psal. cxlv. 17. The Lord on the new man, which after God is righteous in all his ways,and holy is created in righteousness and true in all his works. holinels.
* Psal. civ. 24. O Lord, how mar Rom. ii. 14.
For when the nifold are they works! in wisdoni Gentiles who have not the law, do halt thou made them all : the earth by nature the things contained in is full of thy riches. If. xxviii. 29. the law, these having not the law, This also cometh forth from the are a law unto themselves : v. 15. Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in Which shew the work of the law counsel, and excellent in working. written in their hearts, their con y Heb. i. 3. Who being the brightscience also bearing witness, and ness of his glory, and the express their thoughts the mean while ac- image of his person, and upholding cusing, or else excusing one all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our SEccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have sins, sat down on the right hand of I found, That God hath made man the Majesty on high. upright; but they have sought out Plal. ciii. 19. The Lord hath many inventions.
prepared his throne in the heavens: Gen. i. 28. And God Blessed and his kingdom ruleth over all. Z